By The Numbers: The Prescription Drug Problem

WW wrote a couple weeks back about state and federal officials calling a summit in response to what they called a nationwide prescription drug problem. We went to the summit today and learned the following three things from the gathering called by Attorney General John Kroger, Gov. Ted Kulongoski and Acting U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton: 1) Drug-induced deaths are on the rise, especially among ...   More
Monday, November 22, 2010 STACY BROWNHILL

A Grim Reminder This Thanksgiving

The New York Times had a thought-provoking piece this week about a Georgia man who's made it his business to track the casualties among coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. We point out the web site run by Michael White because one of the site's many functions is to enable readers to track fatalities by state. And it's worth remembering this Thanksgiving eve that among the ...   More
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 HANK STERN

Turkey Eaten, Kitzhaber Will Set About Axing Agency Heads

While many of us worried on Thanksgiving only about eating and drinking too much, a cadre of highly-paid Oregon state employees probably had a lot more on their minds yesterday. That's because when Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber returns next week to the work of preparing for his third term as governor, he'll be delivering some unpleasant news. Back in September, Kitzhaber convened reporters for the ...   More
Friday, November 26, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

New Study Forecasts Harsh Climate Changes in Oregon Over Next Century

Here's something to take your mind off today's incessant rain. A new report predicts Oregon's climate will get hotter, drier and harsher within the next century. The Oregon Climate Assessment Report says the continual effect of global greenhouse gases will likely hit Oregon's freshwater supply hard. Various climate models estimate the state's average summer rainfall will decline by 14 percent ...   More
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 JESSICA LUTJEMEYER

Senate Republicans Will Pay for Recount in Ashland-area Race: Updated

Oregon's Senate Republicans announced today they will pay for a recount in the closely contested Senate District 3 (Ashland) race. The most recent results posted by Secretary of State Kate Brown's elections division show incumbent Sen. Alan Bates (D-Ashland) defeating challenger Dave Dotterrer by 275 votes out of 48,884 cast. Brown's .56 percent margin over Dotterer is more than the .2 percent ...   More
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Why Greg Walden Agrees With Peter DeFazio

A couple weeks ago, we mentioned how Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and House Majority Leader-to-be Eric Cantor (R-.Va.) may have found a rare bit of common cause in their mutual annoyance with Congress wasting its time on meaningless resolutions to honor sports champions. The Washington Post reports that Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) is also tired of these meaningless resolutions. The Post quotes ...   More
Thursday, December 2, 2010 HANK STERN

An FBI Terrorism Sting Gone Wrong

As Portland city officials consider whether to rejoin the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, it's worth noting not all federal terrorism stings end like the Nov. 26 arrest here of Mohamed Osman Mohamud. The Washington Post had an interesting piece on Sunday about an anti-terrorism operation in Irvine, Calif., that went considerably less smoothly after the FBI tried to use a convicted forger to ...   More
Monday, December 6, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Kitzhaber Recruits Saxtons, Issues Pink Slip List

Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber today announced more members of his transition team. Two of the most interesting names announced by the Democrat at a press event in Gladstone were Ron Saxton, former Portland School Board president and 2006 Republican gubernatorial nominee; and Lynne Saxton, Saxton's wife. She runs ChristieCare, a provider of children mental health services. The Saxtons will work ...   More
Monday, December 6, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon's Contribution to Peace on Earth

Oregon ranks No. 4 among states for the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per capita, according to lists released today detailing the top cities and states that produce Peace Corps volunteers. That's a slight increase from last year—with 246 volunteers calling Oregon home, according to the most recent numbers. Vermont, D.C. and Montana led the pack. Washington ranked seventh. Portland ...   More
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 STACY BROWNHILL

DeFazio Leads Opposition Among House Democrats to Obama Plan

We've been tracking Democratic opposition all week in the U.S. House to President Obama's tax deal with Republicans, and the mounting opposition to it from within his own party in Oregon's congressional delegation and elsewhere. Turns out today that U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) was happy to be the point man leading the opposition among House Democrats in what appears to be their new up-the-ante ...   More
Thursday, December 9, 2010 HANK STERN


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